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Written by Ladonna Edwards   
Published on Wednesday, 29 November 2017 10:30


Mount Airy Violin & Bows Partners with LiveConnections to Give the Gift of Music this Season

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PHILADELPHIA – This holiday season, Mount Airy Violins & Bows is giving the gift of music to Philadelphia youth. 

The shop has partnered with LiveConnections, the Philly non-profit dedicated to creating unique programs that inspire learning and build community through collaborative music-making, and will donate 5% of their holiday sales to help support LiveConnections’ mission.
“Mount Airy Violins & Bows is dedicated to fostering community through music,” said Elizabeth Shaak, Bowmaker and Owner of Mount Airy Violins & Bows.  “We are very excited to be partnering with LiveConnections, an organization devoted to increasing music education opportunities for Philadelphia public schools.”
“We are so honored and grateful for the support and generosity from Mount Airy Violins,” said Melinda Steffy, Executive Director of LiveConnections. “Together, we hope to make a difference by helping to create a more musical world.”
Located on Germantown Avenue, Mount Airy Violins & Bows makes, sells, and repairs stringed instruments, their bows, and accessories. Known for their personalized and caring customer service, the staff offers advice on how to choose and care for an instrument, and they take pride in sharing the joy of playing strings through quality beginner outfits and rentals. In addition, the shop offers a space for workshops and concerts to foster the musical community.
LiveConnections approaches live music as an essential social and educational experience that helps create engaged and well-rounded global citizens.  Each year, the organization brings more than 5,000 students from city schools to World Cafe Live for Bridge Sessions, interactive educational programs that blend live performances with hands-on activities. In addition, the organization offers a number of in-school and after-school residencies at partner schools. Also, LiveConnections curates a critically-acclaimed professional concert series featuring adventurous, boundary-crossing collaboration
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About LiveConnections: LiveConnections, a nonprofit organization in residence at World Cafe Live, creates programs that inspire learning and build community through collaborative music-making. In 2008, a team of artists, educators and entrepreneurs founded LiveConnections to address declining music education in Philadelphia schools and tap into the people-connecting power of music. Across all of our programs, LiveConnections is committed to artistry of the highest caliber, collaboration, community-building and accessibility/inclusion. We approach live music as an essential social and educational experience that helps create engaged and well-rounded global citizens.

Each year, LiveConnections reaches 5,000 participants with our dynamic educational programs. Bridge Sessions, our signature interactive performances at World Cafe Live, blend live music with hands-on activities. Sessions introduce students from Philadelphia public schools and youth and adults with disabilities to diverse musical cultures and build skills in listening, expressing ideas and synthesizing new information. We also offer in-school and after-school residencies at partner schools, providing sustained, in-depth music-making experiences for young people from under-resourced schools.

LiveConnections prioritizes accessibility for people with disabilities who face barriers to participation in the arts. We present Bridge Sessions and in-facility workshops targeted for youth and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities, and our interactive, adaptive approach means individuals may fully engage at their own ability levels.

In addition, LiveConnections curates a critically acclaimed concert series featuring adventurous, boundary-crossing collaborations. Our LiveConnections Presents concerts feature Grammy winners, local talent and rising stars; we frequently commission new music that blends musical styles and cultures; and our concert artists participate in our educational and community programming.

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PLEASE NOTE: LiveConnections is a nonprofit organization in residence at venue World Cafe Live. All programs are created, presented and funded entirely by LiveConnections and should not be attributed to World Cafe Live.

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